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Biology and Biotechnology of Fungi and Microbes

C. Manoharachary (Author) K.V.B.R. Tilak (Author) K.V. Mallaiah (Author) I.K. Kunwar (Author)

Fungi and microbes have predominant influence in our lives. They are directly or indirectly involved in generating the food we eat and drink, besides providing life saving pharmaceutical products, including the sources of enzymes. They play a vital role in recycling of organic matter and several ecological processes. Both fungi and microbes have contributed several billion dollars worth of technological products. For instance: yeast is used in brewing and bakery, Lactobacillus ferments milk to yoghurt and a number of edible mushrooms are rich in nutrients besides possessing many medicinal properties. Bacteria and fungi serve as key organisms in understanding life processes, genetic engineering and as experimental organisms. Therefore, it is necessary to study the biology and biotechnology of these organisms. It is a humble attempt of the authors to make the readers understand the biology and biotechnology of fungi and microbes in a simpler way and also to communicate the recent developments.

Contents: I. Mycology: 1. The Fungi. 2. History of Mycology. 3. General Characters of Fungi. 4. International Code of Nomenclature for Algae, Fungi and Plants; Taxonomy of Fungi. 5. Zoosporic Fungi (Chytridiomycota: Kingdom-Stramenopila). 6. Zygomycota. 7. Ascomycota. 8. Basidiomycota. 9. Anamorphic Fungi. 10. Glomeromycota. 11. Myxomycota. II. Current Topics of Importance: 12. Phylogeny, Evolution and Origin of Fungi.13. Biodiversity and Biotechnology of Fungi. 14. Aeromycology. 15. General accounts of Plant Diseases caused by Fungi and their Control. 16. Endophytic Fungi-Some Glimpses. 17. Fungal Ecology. 18. Fungal Genetics : General Account. 19. Diversity and Conservation of Fungi. 20. Lichens : Structure, Reproduction, Ecological and Economic Importance. 21. Mushroom : Cultivation and Application. 22. Mycorrhiza. 23. Sexual Reproduction of Fungi : Recent Trends. 24. Fungi in Miscellaneous Substrates. 25. Entomogenous Fungi. 26. Mycotoxigenic Fungi : Mycotoxins. 27. Interaction of Fungi with Higher Plants: Some Paleobotanical Glimpses. 28. Keratinophilic Fungi : General Account. 29. Mycological Methods : Collection, Observation and Isolation. III. Microbiology: 30. The Living Kingdom. 31. Historical Developments in Microbiology. 32. Microscopy. 33. Bacteria. 34. Viruses. 35. Other Microorganisms. 36. Diseases Caused by Bacteria and other Prokaryotes. 37. Diversity and Conservation of Microorganisms. 38. Molecular Methods for the Analysis of Microbial Communities. 39. Some Aspect of Applied Microbiology. 40. Life Cycles in Microbes and Fungi. Glossary. Selected References.

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About the authors

C. Manoharachary

Professor C. Manoharachary, M.Sc., Ph.D. (Osmania), D.Sc. (Mysore), has an experience of 34 years of teaching and research. He has guided 44 Ph.D.s, published 400 research papers in national and international journals, besides authoring and editing 16 books. He has organised 12 national seminars and one international conference. He has served as Head, Department of Botany and Chairman, Board of Studies in Botany; Principal, University College of Science, and presently the Coordinator, UGC-SAP II-Botany, Osmania University; and Dean, UGC and Developmental affairs. He held the position of sectional president of Botany, Indian Science Congress; President, Indian Phytopathological Society and Vice-President, Indian Botanical Society. He has received several national and state awards including UGC Hari Om J.C. Bose Award, Birbal Sahani Medal, A.P. Scientist Award and best teacher award. He had his post-doctoral work at UK,USA, Germany and Canada.

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K.V.B.R. Tilak

Dr. K.V.B.R. Tilak, formarly Professor and Head, Division of Microbiology, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, Ph.D. IIT, Kharagpur, published over 172 research papers related to soil and plant microbiology, recipient of Best Teacher Award of IARI, New Delhi, President, Association of Microbiologists of India, Fellow of National Academy of Sciences, Fellow of National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, First Prize of TERI, recipient of Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation Fellowship, German Academic Exchange Fellowship, Chairperson of various commiteeies organised by ICAR, DST, DBT, UGC, ASRB etc.

I.K. Kunwar

Mrs. I.K. Kunwar obtained her D.Phil. from Allahabad University, Allahabad and worked as lecturer in Kumaon University, Nainital. She was Visitng research associate in the University of Illinois, Urbaba Champoion, U.S.A. Presently, she is working in the Botany Department of Osamnia university, Hyderabad. She has published more than 60 research papers in National and International journals.

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Title Biology and Biotechnology of Fungi and Microbes
Format Hardcover
Date published: 26.04.2016
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788172339890
length 607p.,